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February 15, 2012

Amazing Dresses From the 1950’s – Pinterest Pinspiration

By RetroRuth

Whoa. There are some amazing dresses being shuffled about on Pinterest!  This week I managed to snag a selection of dresses that belong to the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The patterns, the cuts, the poof of the skirts – they are all glorious and they are all 1950’s.

Source: metmuseum.org via Julia on Pinterest

"The Rice Bowl Dress"

Carolyn Schnurer (American, born New York City, 1908–1998 Palm Beach, Florida)
Textile manufacturer:  ABC Fabrics
Date:  1952
Culture:  American
Medium:  cotton
 

Source: metmuseum.org via No Pattern Required on Pinterest

Cocktail Dress

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:  1952
Culture:  American
Medium:  silk
 

Source: metmuseum.org via jan on Pinterest

"Palomita"

House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:   Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957)
Date:   fall/winter 1953–54
Culture:   French
Medium:   silk, sequins, bugle beads, gold metallic
 

Source: metmuseum.org via Judie on Pinterest

Dress (Ball Gown)

Marguery Bolhagen (American)
Date:   1959
Culture:   American
Medium:   silk, synthetic
 

Source: metmuseum.org via Ravneet on Pinterest

Court Presentation Ensemble

House of Balmain (French, founded 1945)
Designer:  Pierre Balmain (French, 1914–1982)
Date:  1953
Culture:   French
Medium:   cotton, silk, plastic
 

Source: metmuseum.org via Ravneet on Pinterest

Oriane

House of Balmain (French, founded 1945)
Designer:   Pierre Balmain (French, 1914–1982)
Date:   fall/winter 1954–55
Culture:   French
Medium:   silk, glass, shells
 

Source: metmuseum.org via Paige on Pinterest

Dress, Evening

Bergdorf Goodman (American, founded 1899)
Date:  1950–55
Culture:   American or European
Medium:   silk

 

Source: metmuseum.org via Katie on Pinterest

Cocktail Dress

House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:   Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957)
Date:   ca. 1953
Culture:   French
Medium:   cotton, silk, glass
 

Source: metmuseum.org via No Pattern Required on Pinterest

"Sitting Duck" dress

Carolyn Schnurer (American, born New York City, 1908–1998 Palm Beach, Florida)
Textile manufacturer:   Hollander
Date:  1951
Culture:   American
Medium:   cotton, metal
 

This dress from the "Flight to Japan" collection pays homage to Japanese artist, Insho Domoto, whom Schnurer met during her travels in Japan. When she asked for his signature in her diary, he drew two ducks. Domoto’s signature has been immortalized here in metallic brocade on an orange plain weave cotton ground.

Source: metmuseum.org via Martha on Pinterest

Dress, Dinner

House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:  Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957)
Date:   spring/summer 1957
Culture:   French
Medium:   cotton, nylon
 

Source: metmuseum.org via Callie on Pinterest

Dress (Ball Gown)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:  1950–52
Culture:   American
Medium:   silk
 

Source: metmuseum.org via Vint on Pinterest

"May"

House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:   Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957)
Date:   spring/summer 1953
Culture:   French
Medium:   silk
 

In "May," flowering grasses and wild clover are rendered in silk floss on organza. This "simple" patterning of meadow-gone-to-weed is composed of the tiniest French knots and the meticulously measured stitches of the hand embroiderer, suggesting that for Dior, it was not only that beauty resides in the most rustic, but also that the most successful artifice is a beguiling naivété.

Source: metmuseum.org via Katie on Pinterest

Dress, Evening

Norman Norell (American, 1900–1972)
Department Store:   Nan Duskin
Date:   ca. 1958
Culture:   American
Medium:   synthetic, fur
 

Source: metmuseum.org via Katie on Pinterest

"Four Leaf Clover"

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:   1953
Culture:   American
Medium:   silk, synthetic

 

Whew! What an amazing line-up of gorgeous dresses. I would have to say that my favorite is the silver Charles James dress, though it’s hard to choose just one.

What about you guys? What 1950’s fashions or designers are your favorite??? Do tell!

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6 Responses to Amazing Dresses From the 1950’s – Pinterest Pinspiration

  1. deb Reply

    February 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    These are ALL stunning…thanks for sharing!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    February 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Woweee mama. Incredible. I think that my favorite is the Pierre Balmain number. I’d wear it day and night. Even to sleep in and to Sonic.

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      February 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      (the long black and red one, that is. Stunner.)

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    February 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    My 2 faves are the green and white one on top and the orange one with the ducks, I don’t know why but I have some sort of obsession with pleated poofy skirts! What a shock huh! :)

  4. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    February 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Fabbo. Not sure I could pick a fave. I watch movies with Edith Head costumes just to droll over her dresses – All About Eve and Rear Window are great examples!

  5. Andrea Reply

    February 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I don’t think I could pick one fave, but, man, Dior makes me swoon!

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